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Governor Scott Asks Obama to Avert Strike, Invoke Taft-Hartley

By Javier Manjarres

rick scottUnions are threatening to strike again- this time its the International Longshoremen’s Association, and if there is a walkout come December 30th, it would will put the nation’s national security at risk, potentially closing ports in Florida and neighboring states.

In a letter to President Obama, Governor Rick Scott expressed his concerns over the possible strike between the union and the U.S. Maritime Alliance  (USMX) that could affect 15 ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard.

Scott’s letter requests that Obama follow the precedents set forth by  Republicans presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush and invoke the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 that would “prevent or interrupt a work stoppage at the ports.”

 “The Taft-Hartley Act provides your administration with tools that can help avoid this threat… On behalf of the State of Florida, I respectfully request that you invoke the act when the contract … expires at the end of the month.” – Governor Rick Scott (Reuters)

Given President Obama’s track record, we know that he can’t be expected to act in the national interest- it’s always about putting his agenda and the parochial interests of his supporters that are aligned with his agenda first.  Unions put Obama in office, and they are undoubtedly expecting him to intervene on their behalf.  

A strike, even a short one, would cause significant economic damage throughout our already beleaguered economy, and that’s not an outcome that the president wouldn’t be striving to avoid if the USMX is unwilling to cave to what are exceedingly ridiculous union demands.  Obama may broker a backdoor deal to keep the unions at bay, but if there are political benefits to be had that damage Republicans including Governor Scott, Obama could let a strike play out regardless of all of the chaos that would result. 

That’s just how Obama rolls- our lawless and contemptuous president, never letting a crisis go to waste.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • http://SharkTank Mike Conklin

    I work at Blount Marine Terminal at Jacksonville on reconstruction of the aging wharf system. According to a manager of one of the marine tenants, the ILA union is demanding higher royalty rates on each container that is off-loaded by container ships other than military, vehicle transport ships. The royalty rates transfer to huge bonus’s to employees that include gantry crane operators, container truck drivers and dock workers. This type of strike affected Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA ports. The seven day strike has cost a backlog of 3-5 weeks of ships waiting to enter port and offload goods. Thanks to unions and Obama the commerce industry will fail just like the UAW.

  • Whats_Up

    Ha …ya think the O Camp will intervene and stop this strike? NO WAY – he and his puppeteers need the economic collapse to further …or should I say “Seal the Deal” on their Socialism – they would love to impose “Martial Law” and an economic collapse would open that door.

    The Fed Dairy Farm subsidies end in 5 days. Congress failed to pass a new one before the Christmas break. Dairy products will DOUBLE as a result. That should tell you peeps how much inflation has already hit and that our Fed Gov’t has been hiding this fact with “subsidies” …time to wake up guys.

    • John G Henke

      Man you got that right. I don’t know why they don’t just abolish taxation all together and just print and “borrow” their budget. Ho yea, we’d go free that why they don’t.

  • FS

    Gov Scott is proposing the best solution to avoid a disaster. However, I will wait and see as your president is in bed with the unions big time. trumpka, soros and more will want to settle a score, still stung by WI and MI. I’m amazed at how many refuse to see obama for what he wants to do to our beautiful country.

  • Bud

    Rick Scott 2014!

  • Bud

    Scott calls out Obama, ahahah

  • Bud

    Rick 2014!

    • Whats_Up

      Wholeheartedly agree, Bud.

  • Whats_Up

    Interesting, Javier – how you pick and choose who can post. I’ve made 4 posts today and you have not allowed any to be displayed for the sheeples. None of posts had foul language …just “speak” you don’t wish to deal with. So, am I banned from posting to your site or do I have to “speak” moderate republican (aka semi-Socialist)?

    • Javier Manjarres

      Actually, we have been having issues with the comment section-apparently it has been fixed. Thanks for your posts

  • OldmanRick

    Let ’em strike. Lots of imported stuff with stay at the ports which might just be the catalyst needed to stimulate local small business growth. Time for industry to be located state side.

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  • BoGo

    Gov. Scott must be ready to play hard ball. Turn the Alinsky model back at them and not let the crisis go to waste.

    First, identify and line up all the able-bodied labor in the port cities. Then, mobilize the state guard to secure the ports after the walk out. Ensure the workers’ safety and don’t be afraid to bust some skulls.

    Learn from the WI/OH/MI victories against the unions and bust them in the chops.

    Gov. Scott, please have the cajones to stand up to the thugs.

  • John G Henke

    Considering the level of unemployment in Florida could it be that hard to replace them?

    So Rick goes crying to Obongo to do what? Taft Hartley? Isn’t that when Truman wanted to draft the railroad workers union into the army and the order them to go back to work?

    Maybe Obongo will send in DHS and just beat the workers with a cat of nine tails until they decide to start working again, their sure going to have to do that with all of the doctors when Obongo Care kicks in. What a mess. I wish we could just go ahead and get all of this over with.